Fields of Study:  Modern U.S.; American Politics; American Religion

Dr. Williams's research focuses on the intersection between politics and religion in modern America. He is the author of God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade (Oxford University Press, 2016).  He is currently writing a study of cultural conflict in the 1976 presidential election, which is under contract with the University Press of Kansas for publication in the American Presidential Elections series.

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., History and Classics, Case Western Reserve University, 1999
  • M.A., History, Brown Unversity, 2000
  • Ph.D., History, Brown University, 2005
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2021 Sections

    • HIST-2112 (U S History II (since 1865)) Section: E05
    • HIST-4473 (Recent America:U.S. since WWII) Section: 1DW
    • HIST-5473 (Recent America:U.S. Since WWII) Section: E01

    Fall 2020 Sections

    • HIST-2111 (U S History I (to 1865)) Section: 01
    • HIST-2112 (U S History II (since 1865)) Section: 08
    • HIST-4479 (American Religion Since 1800) Section: 1DW
    • HIST-5479 (American Religion Since 1800) Section: E01

    Spring 2020 Sections

    Fall 2019 Sections

    Spring 2018 Sections

    Fall 2017 Sections

    Spring 2017 Sections

    Fall 2016 Sections

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • HIST-6699 (Thesis) Section: 01
    • HIST-6699 (Thesis) Section: 02

    Spring 2016 Sections

    Fall 2015 Sections

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • HIST-2112 (U S History II (since 1865)) Section: 02
    • HIST-6699 (Thesis) Section: 02
    • HIST-6699 (Thesis) Section: 03

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • HIST-2112 (US History II (since 1865)-HNR) Section: 25H Download Syllabus [PDF]
    • HIST-6694 (Graduate Writing) Section: 01 Download Syllabus [PDF]
    • HIST-6699 (Thesis Hours) Section: 08
    • HIST-6699 (Thesis Hours) Section: 09
    • HIST-6699 (Thesis Hours) Section: 10
  • Publication List

    Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade (Oxford University Press, 2016)

    God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right (Oxford University Press, 2010; paperback, 2012).

    Co-editor (with Laura Jane Gifford), The Right Side of the Sixties: Reexamining Conservatism’s Decade of Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

    “No Happy Medium: The Role of Americans’ Ambivalent View of Fetal Rights in Political Conflict over Abortion Legalization,” Journal of Policy History (2013).

    “Questioning Conservatism’s Ascendancy: A Reexamination of the Rightward Shift in Modern American Politics,” Reviews in American History (2012).

    “Sex and the Evangelicals: Gender Issues, the Sexual Revolution, and Abortion in the 1960s,” in American Evangelicals and the 1960s: Revisiting the “Backlash,” ed. Axel Schaefer (University of Wisconsin Press).

    “The GOP’s Abortion Strategy: Why Pro-Choice Republicans Became Pro-Life in the 1970s,” Journal of Policy History 23 (2011): 513-539.

    “Voting for God and the GOP: The Role of Evangelical Religion in the Emergence of the Republican South,” in Painting the South Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican, ed. Glenn A. Feldman (Florida, 2011).

    “Evangelical Economics: Reexamining Christian Political Culture from a Market-Based Perspective,” Reviews in American History (Spring 2011).

    “Jerry Falwell’s Sunbelt Politics: The Regional Origins of the Moral Majority,” Journal of Policy History, 22 (2010): 125-147.

    “Reagan’s Religious Right: The Unlikely Alliance between Southern Evangelicals and a California Conservative,” in Ronald Reagan and the 1980s, ed. Gareth Davies and Cheryl Hudson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

    “The Cross and the Elephant: Southern White Evangelicals’ Commitment to the Republican Party, 1960-1994,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association, 2005.

    “Good Religion: In Defense of Ross Douthat,” Public Discourse, 29 May 2012.

    “The Christian Right’s Partisan Commitment,” Historically Speaking, April 2011.

    “A Victory for the Christian Right,” PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, 5 November 2010.

    “O’Donnell’s Winning Combination,” Politico, 17 September 2010

    “Darwin v. God: Why the Tennessee Case that Captivated a Nation Remains Unresolved,” Sacred History Magazine, November / December 2006.

    “Southern Baptists and the Culture War On School Prayer,” Sacred History Magazine, November / December 2006.